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Reading Corner

April 2022

Here’s a quick round up of April’s reading news at Applecroft and in the wider reading community.

 

New ‘CLUSP’ Reading Curriculum:

We are very excited to have introduced our new reading curriculum this half term in Years 1-6. The scheme is underpinned by the latest research, evidence and cognitive science. Throughout the scheme there is a focus on vocabulary acquisition and retention, and oracy as well as a rich spine of diverse literature that runs throughout.   We are looking forward to reading some of these excellent books in our lessons.

 

Class and Whole School Library Books:

The PTA have kindly funded lots of new books to be added to our libraries. We have chosen books which represent diverse and inclusive themes, as we know the importance of children seeing representations of themselves in books and the power of books to be ‘windows into the world of others’. These books will be shared with classes soon and will then be added to class libraries.

 

 

In addition to this, we will be adding additional books to our non-fiction and poetry selections in the main school libraries.

Thank you to the PTA and everyone in our school community who has supported them with this funding. 

In addition to the books above, we want to give a special thank you to one of our KS2 families for their very generous book donation at the end of last term. We are very grateful for your kindness.

 

Library Book Returns:

Please ensure all school library books are returned. We would be grateful if you could check your bookcases for books with the Applecroft stamp as we have some which are registered on our online system as being on extended loans. If you find any please return these to either the school office or your child’s teacher.

 

School Library Openings:

We have loved fully opening up our school libraries again. In addition to our weekly class session for our Reception and Year 1 families, we are providing opportunities for children in Y2- Y6 to visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30–1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home.

The timetable is:

Monday: Y3  /  Tuesday: Y5  /  Wednesday: Y6  /  Thursday Y4  /  Friday Y2

 

Just a reminder that our Reception and Year 1 children and their parents are welcome to join us on the following mornings from 8.30-8:45am:

 

Kandinsky Class – Monday          Seurat Class - Tuesday

Miro Class – Thursday                O’Keefe Class – Friday

 

Ready, Set, Read Challenge:

Well done to everyone who took part in our Usborne Easter Reading Challenge. We hope that you enjoyed it. We are currently looking at entries and will announce results soon.

 

Waterstones Book Awards:

The winners of the 2022 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced this month. The winners of best book for younger readers was ‘The Last Bear’ and the winner of best illustrated book was ‘Grandad’s Camper’. The Last Bear was also the overall winner this year.  Look out for these in the library soon.

 

                                         

 

 

March 2022

 

It’s been a busy reading month here at Applecroft and in the reading community.

 

World Book Day: 

What a fantastic day we had celebrating World Book Day! Everyone loved dressing up as their favourite characters and sharing stories throughout the day. Here are a few photos of our amazing costumes. We hope that you enjoyed using your free book voucher.

 

                                         

 

Ready, Set, Read Challenge:

Following on from the summer and winter reading challenges we would like to announce our Easter reading challenge... Ready Set Read.

The aim of this challenge is to read as much as you can between 1st April – 18th April. Please record how many minutes you have read for and don’t forget to keep a record of everything you have read. Everyone who participates will get a certificate and the chance to win a prize. All money raised will go towards wonderful new books for our school libraries and Usborne will give us more free books the more money we raise! So start collecting your sponsorship and enjoy the challenge!               

Please see the Easter Reading  Challenge letter for further details.

 

  

School Library Openings:

We have loved fully opening up our school libraries again.  In addition to our weekly class sessions, we are providing opportunities for Y2- Y6 classes to visit the library at lunchtime between 12.30 – 1pm on a weekly rota to explore a good book or to borrow one for reading at home.

The timetable is:

Monday: Y3  /  Tuesday: Y5  /  Wednesday: Y6  /  Thursday: Y4  /  Friday: Y2

Year 1 children and their parents have also had the opportunity to visit the library in the mornings to promote early reading for pleasure. These morning sessions will continue after the holidays for Year 1 parents and we would also like to offer this to Reception parents too.

You are welcome to join us on the following days between 8.30 - 8.45am:

 

Kandinsky Class – Monday          Seurat Class - Tuesday

Miro Class – Thursday                O’Keefe Class – Friday

 

Blue Peter Book Awards:

The winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book awards have been announced this month. These awards are voted for by school children and the categories are for the best story and the best book with facts. Here are the winners:

 

 

The winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book awards have been announced this month. These awards are voted for by school children and the categories are for the best story and the best book with facts. Here are the winners:

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